Environmental Sciences Graduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

ENV 530 ARID LAND GEOMORPHOLOGY     (3)

Analyzes arid to semiarid landforms, geomorphic processes involved in their formation and evolution, and human impact in arid to semiarid terrains. Lab emphasizes standard geomorphic techniques. 2 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade or pass-fail. Prerequisite: GLG 430      

 

ENV 540 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY    (3)

Scientific basis for conserving and managing biological diversity, emphasizing applications of ecology and genetics, drawing on other scientific disciplines, and integrating public policy and sociological analyses. Letter grade or pass-fail. Prerequisite: ENV 380 or BIO 326      

 

ENV 540L CONSERVATION BIOLOGY LAB     (1)

Combines class field studies and independent research investigating the scientific basis for conserving and managing biological diversity. Requires several all-day Saturday field trips. Letter grade or pass-fail. Coconvenes with ENV 440L. Prerequisites: graduate status and concurrent enrollment in ENV 540, or instructor's consent.        

 

ENV 544 LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY    (3)

Theory and application of landscape ecology, an emerging discipline focusing on spatial patterns in natural and human-dominated landscapes and their role in determining the structure and function of ecological systems. Crosslisted with FOR 544. Prerequisite: ENV 380 or BIO 326 or FOR 311  

 

ENV 555 THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE    (3)

Seminar examines the generation of scientific knowledge and how that knowledge is presented, evaluated, manipulated, and applied as political forces shape environmental policy.  Crosslisted as POS 555. Prerequisite:  Graduate status  

 

ENV 571 MICROBIAL ECOLOGY    (3)

Population, community and ecosystem ecology of microorganisms emphasizing interactions with plants and animals and the roles of microorganisms in ecosystem processes.  Coconvenes with ENV 471.  

 

ENV 580 ATMOSPHERIC CHANGE     (3)

Focuses on impact of human behavior on air quality-locally, regionally, and globally-by examining Earth's radiation budget, circulation models, and chemical processing in the atmosphere. Prerequisite: CHM 151 and 152 and 3 hours of CHM coursework at the 200- or 300-level      

 

ENV 593 PUBLIC IN-SERVICE WORKSHOP    (1-3)

Topical instruction involving exchange of ideas, practical methods, skills, and principles. you may count up to 6 hours of 593 toward your graduate program. Pass-fail only.        

 

ENV 595 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE    (3)

Characteristics of global climate system, estimating past and predicting future impacts of human activities on climate and environmental systems, and policy implications. Prerequisite: ENV 230 and STA 270 and (CIS 120 and CIS 120L) or (CS 122 or CS 122H or CS 123)      

 

ENV 596 QUATERNARY CLIMATE CHANGE    (3)

Analyzes the causes and effects of climate change during the Quaternary Period and methods used to reconstruct past climates from marine and terrestrial sediments, ice cores, and biological records. Crosslisted with GLG 596 and QS 596. Prerequisite:  Graduate status   CLST 596 COMBO

 

ENV 599 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS    (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular field of study.  Use for courses not offered in regular course rotation -- e.g., new courses not in the catalog, courses for visiting faculty, courses on timely topics, highly-specialized courses responding to unique student demand.  May be offered no more than three times before being submitted for a permanent course number.  Pass-fail or letter grade, depending on departmental policy.        

 

ENV 685 GRADUATE RESEARCH     (1-12)

Directed research on selected topics in environmental sciences and policy. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.  Prerequisite: graduate status, with plan of study approved by committee.        

 

ENV 697 INDEPENDENT STUDY   (1-9)

Pass-fail only. Department consent required.        

 

ENV 698 GRADUATE SEMINAR    (1-3)

Reading and discussion of advanced topics in environmental sciences and policy. Content varies; see Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of credit.        

 

ENV 699 THESIS    (1-9)

Individualized directed research, writing, and oral defense of selected thesis topic.  May be repeated as needed. Department consent required.  Prerequisite: graduate status, with program of study submitted and thesis proposal approved by committee.